Monday, July 18, 2011

Japanese track contaminated beef by radioactivity

Deputy Health Minister, Kohei Otsuka, said that the priority is to detect contaminated beef with radioactive cesium, a material apparently ejected from the nuclear plant. According to the investigation, 143 cows at risk of being exposed to radioactive cesium were sent to at least 35 of the 47 prefectures of Japan, said tonight the Kyodo news agency.

At least 84 cattle were distributed to the prefectures of Miyagi, Fukushima, Yamagata, Tochigi, Saitama, Tokyo, Osaka and Ehime, where it is possible that the meat has been sold to the public. Fukushima asked government to suspend orders on the eve of beef in the prefecture, after last Monday, the company reported its Minamisona livestock suspected contamination.

The company found contamination with radioactive cesium in the feed given to cattle, well above the levels permitted by the authorities. Before the warning, a stable of Koriyama found that levels of radioactive cesium rebasabaan 378 times the allowable limit. In an attempt to reassure the public, Vice Minister of Health said on Sunday that the government is considering extending the restrictions on the supply of meat, even from other regions of the country until security is confirmed in its consumption.

"We're considering expanding beyond the restrictions of the prefecture of Fukushima... might have to ask a bigger response, "Otsuka said in statements to local media. According to the deputy minister, the central government suspended the export of beef from Fukushima temporarily to finish research on radioactive contamination.

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